THIS beautiful garden has been created by family and friends in memory of schoolgirl Lucy Davies.
Pupils and staff at St Patrick’s Primary School, in Scholes, unveiled the Lucy Davies Memorial Garden in honour of the 12-year-old from Ince, who attended the school until she moved to St John Fisher High.
The garden was officially opened by St Helens rugby star, James Roby, as Lucy was very proud of her St Helens family roots and was a keen Saints supporter.
Fifty pink and purple balloons with messages and prayers to Lucy were released during the occasion attended by many of the popular youngster’s friends.
Lucy had been fighting a two-year battle against leukaemia, and despite being in remission, she unexpectedly died of sepsis, due to her low immunity in July last year.
Her dad, Chris, said: “Lucy had spent eight academic years at St Patrick’s. The headteacher, Mrs Susan Bruen was Lucy’s first teacher in the nursery, and it was her idea to do the garden in her memory, so that the children will always have a place to reflect, pray and remember her.
“Despite two years of intense chemotherapy and many visits to The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, who were treating Lucy, she remained a confident, intelligent and extremely brave young lady who took everything in her stride and kept her cheeky smile.
“The design and colours of the garden reflect what Lucy loved about life and with the generosity of the school, the fund-raising of the children and support of local businesses, the result is a wonderful and colourful space reflecting Lucy’s colourful personality.
“We wish to thank Vinyline Graphics in St Helens; Managing Space; Victor Kane Landscaping; Frontline Northwest Electrical Devices; Midstream (West Lancs) Ltd; Urban Wonder; Solid Sheds and St Patrick’s School and Parish for their help in completing this garden.”
Sue Bruen, headteacher at St Patrick’s, said: “Lucy was a beautiful, bright child. Her confident, caring personality developed each year she was with us.
“She had a determination to succeed and improve which became even more evident during her illness in years five and six.
“Her friends, classmates and teachers were amazed at the way she approached every obstacle, never admitting defeat.
“She inspired everyone with her optimism and strength of character.
“I hope this garden, dedicated to Lucy, will continue to provide a place of solace and prayer for children, parents and staff, in times of difficulty and happiness.”